We believe that every individual has a stake in his or her community, including managing the communities litter problem and the environmental quality of life. Keep Little Rock Beautiful organizes and participates in a number of events throughout the year to improve Little Rock.
School Recycling Grants –
Congratulations to Brady, Forest Park, and Jefferson Elementary Schools, recipients of the 2013 KLRB Recycling Grants.
A goal of KLRB is to increase recycling in our community. A main thrust of our recycling committee is to fund recycling grants for Little Rock Elementary Schools, which are to be used to inform, encourage and support school recycling programs,
Keep Little Rock Beautiful partners with the City of Little Rock’s Public Works’ Adopt-A Street Program. This in an opportunity to beautify the city by volunteering to pick up litter and trash on selected streets. There are many streets in need of adoption.
Check out this video about the Adopt-A-Street Program
Volunteers and groups identify a street (3-7 blocks or more) and pick up litter and trash at least 6 times per year. Public Works provides lists of available streets, signage, safety vests and litter bags, and scheduled pick up of trash collected. To get involved contact Keep Little Rock Beautiful at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-765-3530.
On line application for the Adopt-A-Street program, e-mail the application to email@example.com.
ENVISION Little Rock ideas competition
Envision Little Rock 2014: OTTER CREEK an Open Ideas Competition
studioMAIN hosting 2014 Envision Little Rock Design Competition focusing on Otter Creek Neighborhood
Following the success of last year’s Envision Little Rock competition which focused on I-30 and Capitol Avenue in Downtown Little Rock, studioMAIN has announced the location of this year’s competition – the Otter Creek Neighborhood.
Three decades ago the Otter Creek neighborhood was envisioned as a planned community nestled in the oak and pine forests of southwestern Pulaski County. Ground broke on the first home in 1976, and now a population of several thousand and over 1,000 homes exists in the 800 acre semi-private neighborhood.
The existing development around Otter Creek caters to car-centric lifestyles, consists largely of low-density, single-use land development and fragmented green space. Rather than razing the existing development and streets with the aim of re-starting to create a new identity, this competition proposes that we utilize innovative design and planning concepts to retrofit the area to create a more diverse, cohesive urban and suburban fabric within walkable and identifiable public spaces.
The center of the proposed competition site is the primary entrance to Otter Creek along Highway 5 in Southwest Little Rock. The competition has expanded an existing iconic entry project to include a holistic design challenge. The Otter Creek neighborhood and the City of Little Rock will utilize the designs to assist in defining the future of this area. Rough boundaries include Interstates 430 and 30 to the east and south, Baseline road to the North, and Otter Creek road to the South. Designs should consider connections to nearby existing and planned developments including the Bass Pro Shop and Gateway Town Center retail developments.
The competition will have $1,500 awards for Student and Professional/Public categories, as well $750 in Public Choice awards. Registration is open now and continues until November 15th. Competition entries are due December 5th. For more information refer to the competition website at: www.EnvisionLittleRock.com
For inquiries contact: Envision Little Rock Committee at EnvisionLittleRock@ymail.com
Beautiful communities are landscaped with plants – and beautiful green communities are landscaped with sustainable landscapes. KLRB is working with the City of Little Rock, volunteers, and sponsors to design, install, and maintain sustainable landscaped medians in key locations throughout the city. The most recent project is the sculpture “Playing Ball” and landscaping (in partnership with Botanica Gardens) at the new roundabout on Riverfront Drive and Rebsamen Park Road.
A project implemented in the summer of 2012 is flowering hanging baskets along Main and Markham Streets. This is a partnership with KLRB, the Downtown Partnership, and City of LR. This project was been so successful that it is seeking sponsors and partners to expand. To learn more contact KLRB at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also working with partners (Meadowcliff – Brookwood Neighborhood Association and Meadowcliff Elementary School) to develop a school/community garden at Meadowcliff School.
Cigarette Litter Prevention Program
When it ends up on the ground and not in a receptacle, a cigarette butt is litter. Partially smoked cigarettes, matches, disposable lighters, packaging, and cigarette butts are all part of a growing national litter problem.
KLRB has implemented a program to provide ash receptacles in public places and to distribute free pocket ashtrays to smokers. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with our progress.
A beautiful community is one without litter, a goal that KLRB seeks to achieve. We sponsor many community litter and trash clean-ups, working with neighborhood groups, volunteers and sponsors to make an impact.
We track that impact with our annual Litter Index Survey – our scientific survey that measures the quantity of litter on city streets. Each year we identify the most littered streets and strive to get them cleaned up by reaching out to citizens, business and the community in those areas to get the streets adopted through the cities Adopt-a-Street Program.
A green community reduces, reuses, and recycles solid waste. KLRB has established a business recycling program to establish a cardboard and glass recycling in the River Market District. We work with the city, waste haulers, residents and business owners to find ways to expand recycling. We continue to advocate for more effective recycling programs and policies. Recycling programs are currently on going in selected Little Rock Schools.